Made a batch of these for Jim and myself this weekend … they were gone in less than 24 hours.I loved baking up this blondie recipe in little muffin tins because then everyone gets to enjoy a bit of soft center and crunchy edge.
Ingredients: makes about 12 blondies
- 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips*
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts*
*These can be substituted to create other tasty variations such as shredded coconut, dried fruit, cinnamon chips, etc.
- Preheat oven to 350*F
- Whisk together melted butter and brown sugar in a large bowl
- Whisk in egg, salt and vanilla until thoroughly combined
- Add flour, chocolate chips and walnuts and mix until combined, finish mixing the batter by hand if needed
- Split the batter into 12 equal portions and press into the bottom of muffin tins coated with non-stick spray
- Pop in the oven for about 20 minutes or until center of blondies set
- Remove and allow to cool slightly before indulging
Miami continually displays the most beautiful skies I have ever seen in my entire life.
On this day, the long rays of sunlight from the west were reflected off the underside of the storm clouds moving east. I felt like I was driving home in a watercolor painting. Stunning.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield must have been hovering above our area of the globe this week: I love being able to point out all the different places in south Florida we’ve explored … from space :)
by Mark Dorf
Axiom & Simulation examines the ways in which humans quantify and explore our natural surroundings through the use of artistic, scientific, and digital realism. As a developed global culture, we are constantly transforming physical space and objects into abstract non-physical thought to gain a greater understanding of composition and the inner workings of our surroundings. These transformations often take the form of mathematical or scientific interpretation. As a result of these changes, we can misinterpret or even lose all reference to the source. When observing these simulations and interpretations of our landscape within a single context or picture plane, ideas of accuracy, futility, and original experience arise.
As an environmental chemist, this is something I have to be conscious of on a daily basis – How does my data fit in the context of the entire ecosystem?
It’s important to step back from molecular-level dynamics and observe (and enjoy) the environment as a whole – Only then will you be able to draw meaningful conclusions.
After returning home from my ride this weekend, I stepped out of the car and something hopping around the trees caught my eye …
To my delight, I discovered it was a red-bellied woodpecker foraging for foodstuffs among the leaves. I ran inside, grabbed my Dad’s old telephoto lens (which is barely compatible with my camera body) and snapped a few photos. Not too shabby considering it was my first time actually using the lens to shoot something I cared about – These were taken sans auto-focus, light metering or tripod :)
Had an excellent time riding today …… I have the glove and t-shirt tan lines to prove it :)
This is a modified version of one of our new-found favorites from Vegetarian Cooking: A Common Sense Guide. I love this recipe book – It’s packed with great vegetarian dishes that don’t waste their time imitating sausage patties or bacon. The perfect one-pot meal for week nights (and heats up even better the next day for lunch)!
Ingredients: makes about 10 wraps
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 red chiles, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1 14oz can chopped tomatoes
- 1 15oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 10 medium-sized flour tortillas
- 2 cups grated cheddar or jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 350*C.
- Heat olive oil in large sauce pan over medium heat and saute onion, garlic and green pepper for until ingredients begin to soften.
- Add chiles, cayenne, paprika, cumin, sugar, tomatoes, beans and tomato paste.
- Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until liquid has reduced, season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Fill each tortilla with a bit of the bean filling and a sprinkling of cheese, roll and place on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil. Repeat with each tortilla.
- Pop wraps in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until cheese melts.
- Remove and enjoy!
These taste great dipped in some sour cream or sprinkled with a bit of lime :)